GB Chapter 4 lesson

GB Chapter 4 lesson - Chapter4TheConstitutionandBusiness

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Chapter 4 - The Constitution and Business  OBJECTIVES: After completing this lesson, the required reading, and the assignments,  learners will be able to:  1. Discuss how the concepts of federalism and separation of powers affect the  organization of the federal and state governments. 2. Describe the constitutional basis for the power of the federal government to  regulate business. 3. Explain the concept of eminent domain and its applications. 4. List several of the fundamental rights and protections provided by the first ten  amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights. Organization of the Federal and State Governments Federalism, Separation of Powers, Judicial Review Please refer to your textbook. The Power to Regulate Business Activities The Commerce Clause, The Police   Power Please refer to your textbook.  We will not to cover the  Taxing and Spending Powers  or the  Contract Clause. Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Can the government take your property away from you against your wishes?  I'm sure  most of you are aware that the answer to this question is  yes , assuming certain criteria  are met.  The 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states in part:   " Nor shall  private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. "    This is  referred to as the government's power of  eminent domain .   Thus, according to the language of the 5th Amendment, the government may exercise  its power of eminent domain when two conditions are met.  The taking of property must  be for a "public use" and the property owner is entitled to "just compensation."  Take a  look at the   Poletown Neighborhood Council v. City of Detroit  case in your book.  (I'm  assuming you've already read the case.)  What is the "public use" of the property in  question?  Do you think after GM built its plant on the property, it was open to the  general public for public activities?  Look at Question 3 at the end of the case.  Should 
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
"public use" mean "public purpose" or "public benefit?"  If these terms are used  interchangeably, is the government able to take property more often?  How did the  public "benefit" from the taking in this case?  What if we still required that there be  "public use" only? Make sure you understand that even though the language of the 5th  Amendment says "public use," that term has often been interpreted to mean "public  benefit."  As you may know, cases such as  Poletown  are quite controversial.  In recent years,  court decisions have begun to sway the other way.  In fact, note that according to 
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 12/02/2011 for the course GEN BUS 201 taught by Professor Susanpark during the Fall '11 term at Boise State.

Page1 / 13

GB Chapter 4 lesson - Chapter4TheConstitutionandBusiness

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online